Case Study – Future Cities Catapult - Healthy Cities Exhibition

on Friday, 16 November 2018. Posted in News

by Plant Designs Ltd

For the next couple of weeks, we will be highlighting the Special Event installations that won Leaf awards earlier this year. This category isn't necessarily one that all of our members get involved with on a regular basis, but some have become well-known for it and most would be happy to design something for you if offered the opportunity.

We're starting off with the installation for Future Cities at the Healthy Cities Exhibition by Plant Designs Ltd.

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General information
Healthy Cities is an exhibition celebrating the impact and success of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the local community, before, during and after the Olympic Games.


The park is a 'Smart Park', recording all sorts of information such as ecological changes and how the park is used by community and wildlife, through various means of interaction.

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The exhibition details all of the technology used to record such information and the changes that have been implemented to improve the overall experience of visiting or passing through the park. The clients brief to me was to simply create a park-like environment; somewhere for people to eat their lunch, have meeting or hold events.

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22 x fibreglass troughs 100x30x30cm
1 x fibreglass Cirkik Planter 50x50cm
80 x Arti Vasi White pots 15-17cm


Scindapsus aurem for troughs
Philodendron scandens for troughs
Rhipsalis cassutha for troughs
Ficus lyrata for troughs
Ficus Nitida 1.8m for Cirkik


For small pots
Marantha Tricolor
Dracaenea Lemon Surprise
Anthurium Siera
Philodendron scandens 'Brasil'
Aglaonema 'Maria'


This was a very exciting and personal project, having been a frequent visitor of the park and a huge fan of the planting and ecology there, it was something that I felt honoured to be a part of.


The vague brief from the client made the project even more exciting allowing me creative reign. The client was very accommodating with all of my ideas and ended up opting for everything I suggested. Trying to recreate certain aspects of the park with tropical planting was certainly challenging but both the client and I felt that the planting chosen represented the park well.


The Ficus Nitida was chosen to represent the many trees planted around the park. The Rhipsalis to represent the grassy areas; the Ficus lyrata, densely planted, to represent the hedged areas. The Scindpsus and the Scandens were to represent a lot of the trailing plants that grow around the canals and locks. Lastly the smaller plants scattered around the space were chosen to represent the diverse masses of Herbaceous Perrenials throughout the park (my favourite part)!

Sam McCarthy, Plant Designs Ltd


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